Sunday, April 24, 2005

Irreligious quotes

To my way of thinking, they are more against religion than against 'god'. Given the amazing weirdness of the universe as it is revealed to us by the sciences, I am not sure that god is that much more improbable. But the real fire of these is turned against human foolishness.

  • “The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason.”
    —Benjamin Franklin.
  • “We are all atheists about most of the gods that humanity has ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further.”
    —Richard Dawkins.
  • “The foolish reject what they see and not what they think; the wise reject what they think and not what they see.”
    —Huang Po.
  • “I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires.”
    —Susan B. Anthony.
  • “We must respect the other fellow's religion, but only in the sense and to the extent that we respect his theory that his wife is beautiful and his children smart.”
    —H.L. Mencken
  • “Philosophy is questions that may never be answered. Religion is answers that may never be questioned.”

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